However, I will lie about it whenever I want. When people I don't know well ask what I'm doing for Thanksgiving, I tell them I'm spending it with friends. My house cleaner asked me yesterday. Had I told her the truth, she would have felt compelled to invite me to her house. As it was, she felt very good that I was appropriately taken care of by others.
I did the same with the building manager and the very nice clerk at Goodwill yesterday.
On Mother's Day, if I'm out and about, random people will tell me "Happy Mother's Day!". I've never been anyone's mother. But, pointing that out to these people would only make them feel awkward and/or regretful. So I smile and with gratitude for their thoughtfulness say, thank you.
I actually don't really even consider this lying. It's really more common courtesy.
But, meanwhile... I'm trying to be thankful that the gym/pool is open today and not be annoyed that it doesn't open until 8. I'm thinking about actually doing something special after. I'm thinking about taking myself over to 13 Coins for one of their giant bloody marys and a nice brunch. (13 Coins is the fabulous restaurant that is moving to this neighborhood in January.) I might change my mind but that's what I'm thinking now.
I've still got an hour before time to leave for the pool. I'm still in bed. I feel like I should get up and do something productive with this hour but, I think I'll just play a game on my phone instead.